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Where to Honor Día de los Muertos in Austin

Many ofrendas and celebration foods

People on the street wearing skull masks and colorful outfits.
The Viva La Vida parade for Día de los Muertos in Austin.
Mexic-Arte Museum
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Día de los Muertos — aka the Day of the Dead — is an important Mexican holiday celebrating ancestors and those who have passed away. In honor of those who are no longer here, people build ofrendas (altars) and throw parties with food and drinks. In Austin, there are plenty of Día de los Muertos celebrations and parties happening in town; scope them out below. The holiday runs from Wednesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 2, but there are typically events before that time too.

Sunday, October 1 through Sunday, November 5

  • Historic space Pioneer Farms is hosting an exhibit centered on Día de los Muertos, highlighting home altars and candy sugar skulls. Access is available through Pumpkin Nights tickets. During weekday, it’s $20 for people 13 years and older, $15 for children between the ages of four and 12, and free for kids three years and younger; weekend prices are $28, $20, and free respectively. There are timed entries. (10621 Pioneer Farms Drive, near Woodcliff)

Throughout October

  • Oaxacan restaurant El Naranjo is offering several dishes and drinks to honor Día de los Muertos. This includes pescadillas, pozole with pork, a flourless chocolate cake, and the La Calaca cocktail with a black pepper-infused tequila. (2717 South Lamar Boulevard, South Lamar)
  • Bakery Comadre Panadería often bakes up pan de muerto for its weekend hours. (1204 Cedar Avenue, Chestnut)

Saturday, October 28

  • Mexic-Arte Museum’s annual Viva La Vida festival and parade honoring Día de los Muertos is taking place again this year. There will be lots of foods as well as activities, vendors, a low-rider exhibition, and various live performances. The parade runs from noon to 1 p.m. and the festival until 6 p.m. (4th Street and Congress Avenue, Downtown)
  • Bar Techo is hosting its Día de los Muertos party with a DJ, costume contest, face painting, and more. It runs from 9 p.m. to midnight. (2201 Manor Road, Blackland)

Sunday, October 29

  • Mexican restaurant Veracruz Fonda & Bar chef Reyna Vazquez and pop-up chef Deepa Shridhar are teaming up for a Día de los Muertos collaboration dinner. The El Ritual meal will feature The South Indian and Veracruz, Mexico meal will feature four courses centered mostly on pork and wine and mezcal cocktail pairings. The space will include ofrendas. There will also be a Tickets are $150 and it runs from 7 to 10 p.m. (1905 Aldrich Street, Suite 125, Mueller)

Wednesday, November 1

  • The Moody Amphitheater is hosting a giant Día de los Muertos celebration, where florist Yliana Lara will turn the stage into a community ofrenda. Also on deck will be a pet ofrenda by artist Ernest Ramirez; food and drinks by Veracruz All Natural, Eso’s Tacos, Dorothy’s ATX, La Buena Buena, and others; face painting; dance performances; a market; and more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. (1401 Trinity Street, Downtown)
  • Mexico-based Mexican restaurant La Popular is hosting a Día de los Muertos dinner at its Austin location. The $75 meal comes with a five-course meal with dishes like prawn aguachile and carnitas tacos, plus cocktails, tequilas, and beers. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. (7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 5, Suite 100A, West Oak Hills)
  • Mexican bar De Nada is hosting all-day happy hour for Día de los Muertos. (4715 East Cesar Chavez Street, Govalle)

Thursday, November 2

  • The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is hosting an Alma y Corazon ceremony at the Oakwood Cemetery in conjunction with the Long Center and Austin parks department. The event will include a discussion by Dining With the Dead author Mariana Nuño Ruiz McEnroe, who will talk about the food rituals attached to the holiday; free hot chocolate and tamales; live guitar music; and more. It runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. (1601 Navasota Street, Central East Austin)
  • Brewery Independence Brewing Co. is rereleasing its Choc Mool beer (a chocolate stout inspired by Mexican-style hot chocolate) for Día de los Muertos with a family-friendly party full of tamales by Tamale Addiction, flan/tortillas/salsas/aguas frescas by Mesocano Foods, face painting, a market, and more. It runs from 6 to 10 p.m. (3913 Todd Lane, McKinney)
  • Bar and music club Cheer Up Charlie’s is hosting a Día de los Muertos event with pan de muerto and hot chocolate from Latin/LGBTQ cafe Dorothy’s. (900 Red River Street, Downtown)

Friday and Saturday, November 3 and 4

  • Distillery Fierce Whiskers is hosting Latinx circus CirqueVida for a two-day Día de los Muertos show. There will be all sorts of performances from aerialists to poetry readings, as well as cocktails. It runs from 8 to 11 p.m. on Friday and then from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are from pre-sale general admission for $30, general admission for $35, pre-sale VIP for $55 (with two drink tickets), and five person VIP table for $225. (5333 Fleming Court, McKinney)

Saturday, November 4

  • And then the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is throwing a dual-Día de los Muertos festival with Mexican American/Latinx Comic Con event MexAmericon. The family-friendly schedule includes activities, art, food trucks, an altar, and comics, a loteria, art, sugar skull decorating, live music performances, and much more. It runs from 1 to 9 p.m. (Pan American Recreation Center, 2100 East Third Street, Holly)

Already happened

Sunday, October 15

Update, October 25, 4:42 p.m.: This guide, originally published on October 4, has been updated to include additional events.

Techo Mezcaleria & Agave Bar

2201 Manor Road, , TX 78722 (512) 480-8441 Visit Website

La Popular [Austin]

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building Five, Suite 100, Austin, Texas 78735 Visit Website

Veracruz Fonda & Bar

1905 Aldrich Street, Austin, Texas 78723 Visit Website

Fierce Whiskers Distillery

5333 Fleming Court, , TX 78744 (512) 537-5779 Visit Website

Fonda San Miguel

2330 West North Loop Boulevard, , TX 78756 (512) 459-4121 Visit Website

Independence Brewing Co.

3913 Todd Lane, , TX 78744 (512) 707-0099 Visit Website

El Naranjo [South Lamar]

2717 South Lamar Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78704

Comadre Panadería

1204 Cedar Avenue, , TX 78702 Visit Website

Cheer Up Charlie's

900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 (512) 431-2133 Visit Website

De Nada

4715 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78702 512-615-3555 Visit Website